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A special education teacher in Kelantan chosen for 2019 PMCA awards

Last Update: 11/09/2019

KOTA BHARU, Sept 11 -- A special education teacher of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Panji, K.A. Razhiyah, was chosen as the recipient of this year’s prestigious Princess Maha Chakri Award (PMCA) for her devotion and hard work in imparting knowledge to her students.

The 60-year-old Razhiyah, who has been in the teaching profession for 34 years, was selected among nine candidates in the country.

Razhiyah noted that she did not expect to win the award as the other candidates also have their own advantages.

"I'm the third teacher from Malaysia to receive the award. I regard this award as a mutual success and it is a big trust for me to continue to excel in the future," Razhiyah told reporters after the PMCA Foundation visiting programme to SMK Panji, today.

Also present were former Thailand Education Ministry secretary, Dr Khunying Kasama Varavarn and Kelantan State Education Department (JPN) director Abu Hanipah @Fauzi Zahari.

The PMCA awards ceremony will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct 15, where Razhiyah will receive a cash prize of USD10,000 (about RM42,000) and a unit of PMCA gold pin.

The PMCA Awards which was inaugurated in 2015, was awarded to excellent teachers in 11 Southeast Asian countries and the biennial awards were to promote the practice and inspire the teachers in these countries.

The former award recipients from Malaysia were Zainuddin Zakaria of SMK Taman Bukit Maluri (2015) and Saripah Embong of SM Imtiaz Terengganu Foundation (2017).

Razhiyah said she would use the money to open a differently able students spa, for them to be independent and able to generate their own income.

"I have applied to continue my service as a teacher because I still want to offer my services to people of all ages especially students with disabilities. I always put in my heart that my work is 'ibadah' (devotion to God) and my service to students with disabilities is counted by God as my share in the hereafter," she said.

Razhiyah, who started teaching at SMK Panji in 2006, has established a Special Education Spa Hut at the school which has benefited 99 students with disabilities and she has produced more than five special education-related books, writing drama scripts and was named the 50 best teachers in the world last year.

Meanwhile, Abu Hanipah said Razhiyah's success story could be an inspiration to all teachers besides having brought the pride to the Kelantan State Education Department.

"It is a great achievement which was made through determination and strong fighting spirit. Congratulations to Razhiyah for outstanding contribution," he said.



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